Sustainability 101

Your 2021 Checklist + Regulatory Compliance Guide

What does the future hold? If you have a plan, you can conquer whatever comes your way.
Here’s a checklist to help you achieve all your 2021 sustainable waste management goals.

Study Your Data

Look at your data from last year. Did you hit your waste reduction goals? How did 2020 and its many COVID-related challenges affect your performance? What were your year-over-year figures?

Great Forest clients can log into their metrics portal to access their data and get more details from the quarterly reports we provide. Having a baseline is necessary to understanding what is happening, so you can make and track improvements.

Download Our Regulatory Compliance Guide

Are you in compliance with local laws? Or, are you exposing your business to costly fines? Regulations are often updated and new requirements added. So make sure you check the regulations that apply to your business at least once a year. The start of a new year is a good time to do this.

Keep in mind that requirements change depending on where your business is located. Even if all your offices or outlets are located in the same state, local laws may differ. Download our free sustainable waste management regulatory compliance guide to help you maintain compliance.

Remember, legal compliance is not simply a business necessity–it is a valuable tool that guides your business towards greater efficiency and recognition as a leader in sustainability.

Review Your Waste Hauling Contracts and Needs

Are your waste hauling needs being met? Do you need to rightsize your bins to reduce the number of pickups? Are you in a position to ask for any price adjustments? Take a little time at the start of the year to ask these questions.

For NYC clients, note that the new waste zoning laws are moving forward after delays due to COVID. The city is now fielding proposals from waste haulers interested in participating in the new system, which will see 20 zones divided up with three to five carters operating per zone. Great Forest is following the issue and will keep clients informed on what’s to come. The law is expected to go into effect in 2023, so keep that date in mind when reviewing your hauler contracts.

Focus On Your Waste Strategy 

Focusing on sustainably reducing waste is the most effective way to make an impact in the face of increasing waste costs and growing public concern over climate change, carbon footprint reporting, and other CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) goals. Businesses need to:

Home/Work Continuum

With many continuing to work from home in 2021, businesses can inspire behavior change by helping their employees, tenants and customers develop good sustainable habits at home. This effort will translate to the work place when restrictions lift. Download and share our 30-Days to Zero Waste roadmap to get them started on their journey.

Have a question? Speak to one of our Zero Waste-certified experts? We are here to help.

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